‘Boro Theater anticipates season

Category:  The Arts
Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Work is well underway both in and outside of Diebold Performing Arts Center as a new semester and theatrical season kick off.
With the University Players, Alpha Psi Omega and Alpha Phi Omega, both known as APO, and other organizations developing and implementing new ideas for Edinboro theater, gaining attention is what counts.

“I want this to be the year theater has the most presence on campus,” said Mason Kuhr, a senior who is also president of the University Players. Ways in which they intend to accomplish this include more fliers and distribution, a better online presence, implementing ways of feedback and more.

Kuhr, playing his part, will direct a full two-act play for the first time with “House on Haunted Hill,” a modern adaptation based on the 1959 supernatural horror film of the same name. It opens on Halloween night and will run through Nov. 10.

That won’t be the first show of the semester though. That will be “Battle of the One Acts,” which runs from Sept. 26 to Oct. 6.

It typically is a series of one-act plays with a comedic focus. This year, it is also expected to feature more serious tones, such as tragedy and drama, according to both the students and their faculty advisor, Dr. William Hunter, a professor in the English and Philosophy Department.

This is Hunter’s third semester advising the theater-focused groups, and he is teaching an introduction to theater course with almost 50 enrolled students as part of an attempt to bring back the theater minor.

Faculty involvement is another priority, and Dr. Roger Solberg, an associate professor in the English and Philosophy Department, is expected to be assistant director with “House on Haunted Hill” based on his experience and expertise in the horror genre. Auditions for this show will be held from Sept. 4-6, 6 to 9 p.m.

Another faculty member involved is Dr. Jerra Jenrette, a professor in the History, Politics, Languages and Cultures Department, who will likely be a part of “The Crucible” production. This play is a tragedy concerning the Salem witch trials, and it will run from Feb. 20, 2020, to March 1, as March is Women’s History Month.

The last show of the academic year will be “First Date: The Musical,” which went to Broadway in 2013. It will run from March 26, 2020, to April 5.
Students can get involved through attending University Players meetings, which are held every Sunday at 4 p.m. in Diebold. They can also come to auditions and reach out in any way they can.

“Anybody who comes in this theater has something to offer,” said Maddie Krol, president of Alpha Psi Omega, referring to people with different skill and experience levels.

The main objective for Dr. Hunter is getting shows to open on schedule, and both he and Elaina Krafick, a senior who will direct a one act, noted the level of student responsibility and involvement is unlike any other in Pennsylvania that they know of.

“It’s something super unique to Edinboro and I really appreciate that,” said Krafick.

Another goal for the end of the semester is University Players Live, or UPL, a university version of Saturday Night Live with students writing, acting and producing the material. The event serves as both a fundraiser and distraction from outside worries.

The standard cost of the performances is $3 for students, $5 for senior citizens, Edinboro staff and students at other universities, and $10 for general admission.

More information can be found around campus or at their website.

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